ROOTS Young Adult Shelter wouldn’t be able to open our doors each night without volunteers!  Our volunteers do work each day that is essential to carrying out the mission of ROOTS.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up shelter areas, prepare and serve meals, hand out supplies, supervise and enforce program guidelines, and interact and build positive relationships with guests.  If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity that is fun, rewarding, and beneficial to young people, look no further!

Check out the variety of different opportunities for volunteering here.





Shelter volunteers and overnight volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Breakfast and Dinner Prep volunteers may bring minors as long as they are directly supervised.


In order to help maintain a sense of stability and consistency for our guest population, all in-shelter volunteers must commit to volunteering a minimum of one morning, evening, or overnight shift, once a week for 6 months.


We require all volunteers to attend a volunteer orientation and complete a background check and application prior to volunteering at ROOTS. All of our in-shelter volunteers are required to attend three free trainings within their first three months with ROOTS: conflict de-escalation, anti-oppression 101 and the University District Service Providers Alliance training, “The Ropes: Understanding and Engaging Youth Homelessness.” Click here to learn more about required trainings. Visit our calendar to find our training schedule.

Wonder what past volunteers have to say about ROOTS?

It’s a pretty relaxed, yet hands-on way to volunteer. I tried a bunch of volunteering places and this one stuck.
Julia Wing, Volunteer

I really connect with the mission or ROOTS. It’s really open and inviting, and I just really like being a regular face for people to connect to.
Taylor Babcock, Volunteer

So much knowledge and perspective to learn from the guests, a lot of personal growth for me.
Anonymous Volunteer

It’s cool to be a part of a community that I never imagined myself in before.
Anonymous Volunteer

Come see what ROOTS is like for you! Please fill out a volunteer application or contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@rootsinfo.org if you are interested in volunteering.